As a practising lawyer, my goal is to help clients resolve problems as quickly and efficiently as possible. My principal areas of practice are:
When a person dies, is or her property is first used to satisfy their debts and obligations. Thereafter, whatever remains goes to either people whom they designate in a Will, or, according to the rules set out in the Succession Law Reform Act. I don’t draft wills, but I assist when there is uncertainty as to whether a will is valid or how the will should be interpreted. I also deal with cases involving the rights of spouses and other dependants to support from the Estate, and, legal claims by or against the Estate. If the issue is a dispute dealing with a will or an estate, I would be pleased to help.
A trust is a legal device used to manage property (by a trustee) in someone else’s favour (a beneficiary). Issues often arise about the administration of a trust. For example, has the trustee claiming too much compensation or made mistakes in managing the trust property? Other times, a trust (especially a Family Trust) require a variation to allow the beneficiaries greater access to capital. I am happy to represent beneficiaries, trustees, or their professional advisors.
When a person cannot make decisions for themself, the law allows another person to do so. The mechanism for appointing a ‘substitute DECISION maker’ is by a power of attorney (made before the person became incapable) or by a Court (a ‘Guardianship Order’). Unfortunately mainly problems commonly arise – from misappropriation of funds by an Attorney or the Guardian failing to make decisions properly. It is important to take timely steps to seek redress and I am happy to assist.
If you feel that I can be of service, please get in touch.